Planned Parenthood released the following tweet Monday afternoon after the jury announced that the Philadelphia abortion doctor was guilty on three of the four first-degree murder charges he faced:
A just verdict. The jury has rightly convicted #Gosnell for his appalling crimes, ensuring no woman is victimized by him ever again.— Planned Parenthood (@PPact) May 13, 2013
But this doesn’t mean Planned Parenthood is turning over a new leaf. In fact, the organization believes that cases like Gosnell’s are exactly why abortions should be more readily available to women nationwide.
“This verdict will ensure that no woman is victimized by Kermit Gosnell ever again,” Planned Parenthood spokesman Eric Ferrero said in a statement Monday. “This case has made clear that we must have and enforce laws that protect access to safe and legal abortion, and we must reject misguided laws that would limit women’s options and force them to seek treatment from criminals like Kermit Gosnell.”
On the flip side, pro-life activists argue that the Gosnell case is exactly why certain abortion practices should be banned.
“We call upon Congress to investigate all those participating in or willing to participate in this kind of brutality toward vulnerable women and children, and end it,” Live Action President Lila Rose said in a statement.
RNC Chairman Reince Priebus also called the Gosnell verdict a wake-up call. “We must ask the uncomfortable question: How many more Gosnells are out there? It’s unconscionable that he slipped through the cracks for years—just as it’s inexcusable that his trial was hardly covered until weeks ago,” Preibus said in a statement.
Last week, Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) noted that organizations like Planned Parenthood only enable abortion doctors like Gosnell. “Is the case of Dr. Gosnell really an outlier? Or is the legitimacy of the late-term abortion industry merely a lie? The American people deserve to know,” he told The Daily Caller.
Gosnell was also charged Monday with third-degree murder in the case of a patient who died from a drug overdose during surgery. The jury in the Gosnell case will reconvene Tuesday to decide if he will receive the death penalty or life imprisonment. He also faces federal drug charges; that trial is set for September.